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Woman's apron, semi-sheer white linen

1780-1800
Origin: America, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
OL: 42 1/4" OW at hem: 58 1/4" Side Length: 42" Center Front Length: 37 1/2" Hem Depth: 12 cm (approx. 1/2") Gathered to 17" at waistband Waistband: 5/16" wide and 66 1/2" long
Linen, plain-woven
Gift of Titi Halle.
Acc. No. 2004-17
Woman's apron made of semi-sheer white linen. The apron is constructed of two panels, with the selvages butted and seamed at the center front. The fullness is gathered to 17" on a thin linen tape (waistband). The length of the apron is greater on the sides than in the center, creating a rounded dip at center front. The linen of the apron measures 162 threads to the inch (warp) and 120-128 threads to the inch (weft). A hem averaging 12 cm (approx. 1/2") runs along the sides and bottom, and appears to be slipstiched. The hems overlap in the corners.
Label:Anna Helena Amelia Ross, who married George Plumstead in 1795 at Christ Church, Philadelphia, wore this apron. Although constructed of unembellished materials, the apron is made of fine semisheer linen and is exquisitely stitched, suggesting that it was decorative and not functional. Later tears and holes were beautifully mended.
Provenance:The apron comes from the family of Anna Ross (1776-1846) and merchant George Plumstead (1765-1805).